Stay Loose With These Lower Body Stretches

Stretching before and after a workout will help prevent injury and also to prevent muscle soreness and fatigue. Try these lower body stretches using the Lebert Equalizer!  

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Hamstring Forward Bend Stretch Equa-LegStretch (1 of 13) Equa-LegStretch (2 of 13) Place one foot on top of the equalizer with your knee facing the ceiling. Gradually lean forward and reach for your foot. Hold for 5 breaths and repeat on opposite side. Second Position Side Stretch Equa-LegStretch (3 of 13) Place foot on top of the equalizer ensuring your supporting foot on the ground is turned out. Begin to bend sideways and reach for your foot. You will feel this stretch in your inner thighs as well as obliques. Hold for 5 breaths and repeat on opposite side. Standing Glutes Stretch Equa-LegStretch (4 of 13) Stand facing the equalizer. Place outside of foot on top with knee bent out to side. Lean down, lowering torso toward thighs. Hold stretch for 5 breaths. Repeat with opposite leg. Quad Stretch Equa-LegStretch (6 of 13) Make sure your knees are touching when you do this stretch and hold on each side for 20-30 seconds. Dancers Pose Equa-LegStretch (7 of 13) Equa-LegStretch (8 of 13) Equa-LegStretch (9 of 13) Modifications are shown above depending on the individuals flexibility. This stretch builds full-body strength, flexibility, and coordination. It opens the shoulders, chest, and hips, as it stretches and strengthens the thighs, ankles, and abdomen. When you feel steady and comfortable, begin to press your right foot away from your body as you simultaneously lean your torso slightly forward. Keep your chest lifting. Raise your right foot as high as you can with your left hand holding onto the equalizer. Hold for five breaths. To release, very slowly and gently return to standing position.   Hip, Groin and Inner Thigh Stretch Equa-LegStretch (12 of 13) Equa-LegStretch (13 of 13) Begin standing with feet parallel and then place one foot on top of the equalizer. Gently bend your supporting knee and reach for the floor in front of you. If reaching for the floor is too intense of a stretch just hold the upright position for 5 breaths or practice bending and stretching your supporting knee to control the depth of the stretch.  

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